Latest Figure skating News

US ice dancers continuing legacy heading to Beijing Games

Jan. 20, 2022 11:04 AM EST

U.S. figure skaters who win national championships get their names inscribed on a plaque and trophy. It's something they relish. It's also something special to peruse the names already there — particularly for ice dancers. For decades, ice dance was the stepchild of...

NBC will not send announcers to Beijing for Winter Games

Jan. 19, 2022 23:19 PM EST

NBC will not be sending its announcers and most hosts to the Beijing Olympics due to continued concerns about rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and China's strict policy about those who test positive. It will be the second straight Games for which the broadcast teams will work mostly...

Overcoming obstacles, US figure skaters ready for Beijing

Jan. 19, 2022 13:42 PM EST

Kaitlin Hawayek spent last summer dealing with a concussion that she got in practice, unsure of when she would be able to join ice dance partner Jean-Luc Baker on the rink again to prepare for the Beijing Olympics. Ashley Cain-Gribble spent time in the hospital with COVID-19, an...

Ready to rumble: Mixed relay debuts in short track skating

Jan. 14, 2022 14:14 PM EST

Short track speedskating is already thrilling with its high-speed crashes and elbows flying. Now, there’s a new event adding to the chaos with its Olympic debut in Beijing. The 2,000-meter mixed team relay features a maximum of 12 teams with four skaters each — two men and two...

Tara Lipinski and husband examine 2002 skating scandal

Jan. 13, 2022 03:09 AM EST

There's one word that always grabs the world's attention in sports: scandal. Figure skating has had its share — anyone recall Tonya and Nancy in 1994? That one has been examined as often as Nathan Chen nails a quadruple jump. Not so much the 2002 disgrace at the the...

Russians heavy favorites for Olympic figure skating medals

Jan. 12, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Kamila Valieva began her run-up to the Beijing Olympics by heading to the lower-level Finlandia Trophy in early October, where the 15-year-old Russian superstar broke the world record for the free skate and total score. She continued it three weeks later by breaking those new marks...

American skater Chen eyes elusive Olympic gold in Beijing

Jan. 12, 2022 11:51 AM EST

Nathan Chen has accomplished just about everything that one can accomplish in the sport of figure skating. Six consecutive national championships, the most since two-time Olympic champion Dick Button in the 1940s and '50s. Three consecutive world championships, the...

US Figure Skating picks experience over youth for Beijing

Jan. 10, 2022 11:52 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For all its strength and elegance, grace and power, the sport of figure skating tends to court controversy. Just look at the number of films and documentaries about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, or the scandal in the pairs competition that rocked the...

Chen, Zhou join Brown in making make US team for Olympics

Jan. 09, 2022 21:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three-time world champion Nathan Chen proclaimed 17-year-old Ilia Malinin to be the future of U.S. Figure Skating. Maybe so, but Malinin’s present won’t include the Beijing Olympics. That distinction belongs to Chen, who won his sixth...

Chen wins 6th straight US figure skating championship

Jan. 09, 2022 19:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nathan Chen had landed some of the most difficult jumps in figure skating, soaring through the air with a dizzying array of quads and flawlessly stringing together incredible combinations to leave the crowd wanting more. Figures that he would faceplant on a...